Singapore's Gardens by the Bay: The Complete Guide

Everything you need to know before you visit this memorable attraction

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Spanning over 250 acres of reclaimed land, Singapore’s awe-inspiring and award-winning Gardens by the Bay is a must-see attraction. Located next to Marina Reservoir, the gardens are home to many unique features that impress visitors of all ages and that are well worth repeat visits. 

Overview

You may not know what a Supertree is, but you’ll likely be singing their praises as soon as you lay eyes on one. Gardens by the Bay is home to 18 of these massive, tree-shaped vertical gardens known as Supertrees, as well as a vast array of plant life from around the world. But this isn’t your typical garden—Gardens by the Bay aims to educate and also entertain with the whimsical features you’ll notice strolling from one garden or conservatory to the next. It’s not hard to see why this is one of Singapore’s top attractions and one that continues to build its reputation as a must-visit for locals and visitors alike.

Layout

Gardens by the Bay comprises two distinct waterfront gardens: Bay South and Bay East. Bay South is the largest of the gardens and where you’ll the find award-winning cooled conservatories and iconic Supertrees.

Bay East Garden is less about wow-factor and intricately landscaped areas and more about providing a vast waterfront green space for locals and visitors to enjoy at their leisure. Bay East offers stunning views of Singapore’s beautiful skyline as well as a serene spot to picnic or relax with a quiet walk.

Gardens by the Bay is also home to Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, both part of the Gardens’ lake system and an extension of the Marina Reservoir.

Attractions

Supertrees and OCBC Skyway: Most people are lured to Gardens by the Bay by the Supertrees. Looking like something out of a sci-fi fairy tale, the tree-like vertical gardens measure between 25 and 50 meters tall, averaging about the height of a 16-story building. There are 18 Supertrees in total, made up of more than 162,900 plants and more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, and tropical flowering climbers. It goes without saying that they’re impressive. If you want to get a little closer to the Supertrees (which are free to gaze at from the ground), you can pay S$8 (Singapore dollars) to walk the OCBC Skyway, which puts you 22 meters in the air on a 128-meter aerial walkway through the Supertrees.

Flower Dome: Gardens by the Bay takes the traditional conservatory up several notches. One example is the Flower Dome, the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records. The dome contains plants and flowers from around the world, including a Mediterranean garden, olive grove, South African garden, South American garden, and more.

Cloud Forest: Another of the Gardens’ impressive conservatories, the Cloud Forest, is a world unto itself. Here you’ll find a 35-meter tall mountain covered in tropical vegetation as well as the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. A visit here will make you feel like you’ve just slipped through a porthole to a tropical paradise. The mist-filled Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk allow you to see everything from above.

Far East Organization Children’s Garden: Visitors with kids can cool off with a visit to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden, an outdoor playground and water park filled with features (from water tunnels to spray jets) that ensure everyone stays cool in Singapore’s notorious heat.

Heritage Gardens: This collection of four themed gardens explores the links between plants and Singapore’s rich history.

Art: Gardens by the Bay is home to more than 40 sculptures from around the world spread throughout the grounds.

Dining and shopping: Gardens by the Bay is also home to a wide variety of restaurants and cafes for anyone who gets hungry while exploring the vast attraction. In addition, there are three gift shops on site should you want to pick up a souvenir or two.

Location

Gardens by the Bay is located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive, and there are a few ways to get here whether you’re walking or taking public transportation.

Walking from the Helix Bridge toward the Art Science Museum: Follow the footpath that leads under the East Coast Parkway (ECP), which will bring you directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.

Walking from Marina Bay Sands: Walk across the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).

You can take public transit via the Circle Line or Downtown Line and get off at Bayfront MRT Station. Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.

Tips for Visiting

One of the best times to visit the Supertree Grove is at night when the trees are beautifully lit up.

Try to give yourself lots of time to explore since the gardens are so sprawling, and there are so many interesting things to see. If you’re short on time, make the Supertree Grove and OCBC Skyway your priorities.

For anyone who needs a bite to eat while visiting, get the local experience by heading to the far end of Gardens by the Bay, walking away from the Marina Bay Sands hotel. In the back corner of the park, you’ll find Satay by the Bay, one of the nicest hawker centers on the island with a huge variety of international offerings.